Since exposing the ugly side of public life, former infomercial presenter Suzy Heazlewood’s life has improved.
The Auckland mother had become suicidal and was forced to move to Australia to escape the abuse that followed after appearing on TV for seven years as the face of Puraz, a collagen capsule designed to help men and women look younger.
Juggling her TV appearances with full-time work as a postie, Suzy revealed how she was constantly attacked in public and experienced online bullying by “pram-pushing mums”.
“Since the Weekly article, I have been inundated with support from Kiwis telling me how shocked they were at the amount of nastiness I had endured,” explains Suzy.
“Exposing the bullying and receiving positive feedback has helped restore some faith in Kiwi sisterhood.”
Suzy had successfully used Puraz before she was chosen to be a spokesperson. The mother of four adult children is not yet ready to move home, but does return on occasion to visit as she desperately misses them.
Suzy says she is now focusing on heading a new campaign.
“I have changed my role from being a face of anti-aging to being a face for anti-bullying.”
She has been contacted by TV personality Charlotte Dawson, who has experienced a similar situation.
“Her advice was to keep being active because it helps you to heal faster.”